The Festival of Frugality is up at Fire Finance. They did a great job of weaving all the posts into the story of Joe – a pretty frugal guy. I liked the Simple Dollar’s post on how he and his wife watch all their favorite tv shows without paying $50/month for cable. They have a pretty good system set up, where they find the show on DVD on eBay, and then resell it once they’re finished watching it. Another option is the library. I work part time in our public library, and lots of people tell us that they didn’t know that the library has lots of tv shows on DVD. Our library has about 20 different tv shows on DVD. Some are just a few disks, others have 10 or more. If the library you go to doesn’t have the show you want, chances are another library in your state will have it, and you should be able to order it – usually free of charge (I found Sex and the City this way). The bigger libraries in our state usually get new shows as soon as they come out on DVD. If it’s a popular one, there could be a bit of a wait, but it beats paying for cable. And if you return your library stuff on time, it’s free.
I also loved the post from Stop the Ride about her daughter’s birthday cake. I too am a fan of making pretty much everything we eat, and I’ve found that it’s better all around. It’s less expensive (even using organic ingredients), it’s better for our health (organic ingredients, and nothing I can’t pronounce), and it’s fun. The picture of the strawberry shortcake she baked was wonderful – looked so much tastier than a store-bought cake coated in chemically frosting!
Thanks for all the great reading everyone!